Chris van Raay
It was almost exactly a year ago that I approached Deloitte’s Online Practice, after reading about them in The Australian. I was looking for a new challenge, somewhere where I had bigger opportunities to further develop my skills and begin to specialise in the mobility area.
Coming from a company of five to one the size of Deloitte, I initially wasn’t sure whether it was possible to really be known in such a big place.
One year on and those opportunities have certainly presented themselves. After a short break in Nepal I joined Deloitte in December and jumped straight into two internal mobility projects, developing our recruitment app Join Deloitte and designing and then building the pilot release of innovation project Who What Where.
Whether by request, or a stroke of resourcing luck, I was then scheduled on a project for a new client. Initially tendered as two small iPhone apps, workshops with the client showed that they actually only needed one, and that they would love to make it work on iPad too.
I was in the rare position of being involved in every aspect of the project, including requirements gathering, creative design and app development, working with only the engagement manager and a couple of peers throughout the process.
The app launched in September with great success and already has over 30,000 users. My “aim to be famous” signal has been given a good start, with the app not only having received great reviews but being featured nationally in the App Store as both “what’s hot” and “staff favourites”. It was also selected by Apple as the best medical app of the year in the 2011 Australian App Store Rewind. It turns out that being known in a company of 5,000+ is entirely possible!